Write an equation and show all work.

The sum of three consecutive odd numbers is 111. What is the smallest of the three numbers?

(I don't understand the question >.<)

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1. One example of three consecutive odd numbers is 1, 3, 5.

What do you get when you divide 111 by 3?

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2. You mean...

37+37+37 = 111

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3. True.

You need three different numbers. They must be consecutive odd numbers. 37 is one of these numbers. What are the other two?

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4. That easy??? I thought that it will be a kind of equation question???

Can I use this 3 numbers?

49+33+29=111

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5. Oh I messed up...now I get it,

37+71+3=111

Right?

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6. The three numbers need to be consecutive. That means there are only two numbers between each of the three numbers.

Remember three consecutive odd numbers are 1, 3, 5

You found one of the consecutive odd numbers. It's 37. What is 2 less than 37? What is 2 more than 37?

Do those three numbers add up to 111?

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7. Oh I see, which means is 35+37+39=111

And the question is asking what is the smallest of the three numbers, is that the number of 35?

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8. Yay! You've got it! :-)

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9. Thank you so so much Ms.Sue!!! Now I completely understand, thank you :)

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10. You're very welcome, Cassidy. I'm glad you hung in there til you figured it out. :-)

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